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  • NEW YORK, July 1- Two years after New York socialite Brooke Astor died in 2007, her son, Anthony Marshall, was convicted of bilking her of millions of dollars. Three states, most recently Missouri, have enacted laws that allow retail brokers to help curb scams against people with dementia. More than five million Americans over the age of 65 have Alzheimer's disease,...

  • June economic report echoes previous signs for Midwest Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 8:22 AM ET

    "Much weaker business conditions for firms tied to energy are restraining the overall reading," said Creighton University economist Ernie Goss, who oversees the survey. "Weaker conditions were particularly evident in Oklahoma and North Dakota, two energy-producing states. The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota,...

  • The planted soybean acreage is 2 percent more than in 2014, with the largest increases found in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Tennessee. Corn and soybean conditions in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Ohio have shown deterioration in recent weeks with the heavy rain. Missouri and Illinois have experienced the wettest Junes since the National Weather Service...

  • Emerson Electric will spin off network power business Tuesday, 30 Jun 2015 | 12:51 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Emerson Electric plans to spin off its network power business as a separate publicly-traded company, and will consider options for several other businesses. Emerson Electric is planning a tax-free spinoff of the network power business, which provides thermal management, power, transfer switches, services and infrastructure management for the...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to July 10 Monday, 29 Jun 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    LONDON- Reserve Bank of Australia Governor Glenn Stevens speaks at an event hosted by Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum- 0840 GMT. LONDON- Bank of England's Paul Fisher speaks at the Financial Times Future of Insurance event- 0840 GMT. VIENNA- European Central Bank Governing Council member Ewald Nowotny to give a keynote speech at "Raiffeisen...

  • The rule— a response to calls from the U.S. Supreme Court and Congress for the EPA to clarify which smaller waterways are protected— was published in the Federal Register on Monday and takes effect Aug. 28. The EPA did not immediately respond to questions from The Associated Press. The other states involved are Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Missouri,...

  • Weather in the fertile grain belt of the United States is critical to prices and the flow of food around the world. Recent storms have dumped double the normal rainfall on much of eastern Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and western Ohio, MDA Weather Services said. Kent Hamm, a general manager of grain elevators in Illinois, said a buyer in Taiwan contacted him on Friday...

  • Political opposition groups gain money for 2016 race Monday, 29 Jun 2015 | 3:08 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— It was the perfect loop: The Republican opposition research group America Rising finds footage of Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley in agriculture-loving Iowa, seeming to put down the intelligence of farmers. So does America Rising, which used that episode in Iowa last year to show prospective clients and donors what it can do.

  • NEW YORK— Fears that Greece's troubles could spread through the global financial system shook markets on Monday, driving U.S. stocks to their worst day of the year. Greece's Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, said his government would hold a referendum on budget proposals made by the country's lenders. Jeff Carbone, a senior partner at Cornerstone Financial...

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Travelers easily whiz from city to city on high-speed trains in many parts of South America, Asia and Europe. Since the first high-speed lines began operating more than 50 years ago in Japan, they have become an essential part of transportation worldwide. "The challenge in America is the scale of America," said Robert Eckels, chief executive of the...

  • USDA proposes healthier fare for child, adult day cares Saturday, 27 Jun 2015 | 10:43 AM ET

    About 3.8 million young children are fed daily through the Child and Adult Care Food Program, which primarily reimburses day-care providers, and also provides food for children in emergency shelters and pays for after-school meals or snacks in areas where at least half the students qualify for free- or reduced-price lunches. Millions of more affluent...

  • LOS ANGELES, June 27- As calls grow to remove the Confederate flag from public spaces across America's South, Vanessa White says she questions whether that would mark real progress for black Americans like her. The 57- year-old Compton, California construction worker has seen and endured too much, she says, to be excited. Across the country, African Americans are...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to July 9 Friday, 26 Jun 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    VIENNA- ECB Governing Council member Ewald Nowotny to speak on "Investment Financing in Austria- Importance of investment offensive for Europe"- 0700 GMT. LONDON- Reserve Bank of Australia Governor Glenn Stevens speaks at an event hosted by Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum- 0840 GMT. VIENNA- ECB Governing Council member Ewald Nowotny to give a...

  • June 26- Animal health drugmaker Aratana Therapeutics Inc said its experimental appetite-stimulating drug was found effective in dogs in a pivotal study. The company said it plans to submit the results to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as it seeks marketing approval, and expects to start commercializing the drug in 2016.. The Kansas City- based...

  • *New-crop corn hits $4 a bushel, soybeans $10. Corn and soybeans also rose but pared gains as farmers took advantage of the rally and sold supplies of both commodities. Corn rose 9 percent, the most since July 2012, during a historic U.S. drought.

  • *New-crop corn hits $4 a bushel, soybeans $10. Corn and soybean futures advanced but pared gains as farmers took advantage of the rally and sold supplies of both commodities. At the Chicago Board of Trade as of 11:40 a.m. CDT, July wheat was up 31 cents at $5.63 per bushel after reaching $5.66, the highest spot price since Jan. 13.

  • The Corn Refiners Association, which represents high-fructose corn syrup producers, has hired Washington lobbyist firm, the Alpine Group, to challenge sugar's long-protected status, a spokesman for the organization said on Thursday. Its members include Archer Daniels Midland Co and Cargill Inc.. This is the first time corn refiners have publicly taken the...

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Travelers easily whiz from city to city on high-speed trains in many parts of South America, Asia and Europe. Since the first high-speed lines began operating more than 50 years ago in Japan, they have become an essential part of transportation worldwide. "The challenge in America is the scale of America," said Robert Eckels, chief executive of the...

  • At 4:35 a.m. each weekday, Stan Paul drives out of his Southern California suburb with 10 passengers in a van, headed to his job as an undergraduate counselor at the University of California, Los Angeles. On the return trip, Los Angeles' infamously snarled traffic often stretches their afternoon commute to three hours. "If we don't change, in 2045, the...

  • *Wheat up as rain could impede U.S. harvest. Wheat rose on fears that storms could prevent the U.S. crop being gathered just as thousands of harvesters are rolling onto fields. Chicago Board of Trade July corn was up 1.06 percent at $3.80-1/ 4 a bushel at 0951 GMT after touching a session peak of $3.80-3/ 4, the highest since April 23.